History of the Roman Republic; From the Earliest Records Till the Time of Sylla

History of the Roman Republic; From the Earliest Records Till the Time of Sylla

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...the field, was to be doubled by the addition of four new legions, to be raised by the new consuls, L. iEmilius Paulus, and C. Terentius Varro. Meantime Servilius and Attilius were ordered to remain on the defensive, till they should be joined by the intended reinforcements, and the new consuls should arrive to take the command. When the whole army1 was united on the banks of the Aufidus, opposed to Hannibal, it presented the most formidable force that Rome had ever sent out on one single service. There were eight Roman legions, at their full complement; amounting to forty thousand foot, and two thousand four hundred horse; and of these one half were well acquainted with the enemy, as having been actively employed against him during the whole of the preceding year. The Italian allies amounted to an equal number of infantry, and to nearly four thousand cavalry; half of these also, as well as of the Romans, having been practised by the last year's service; of the generals, one, indeed, Terentius Varro, is represented as a man of The Romau low birth, rash, ignorant, and self-willed: but iEmilius was an vamnd'8 officer of approved ability, and Servilius and Attilius, who still Emiiius. acted as lieutenants under the consuls, were both men of good reputation. It was hoped, therefore, that whilst the caution of iEmilius would secure the army from any such acts of ignorant rashness as had before proved so fatal, the courage of the Romans when engaged in the open field, and with numbers nearly double those of the enemy, would not fail of obtaining its usual result, a complete and decisive victory. The inconvenience, however, of a divided command, and the folly of Varro, marred all these fair prospects. iEmilius instantly perceived that the open country...show more

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  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 458g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236624327
  • 9781236624321